Can you believe summer is almost over? Say it ain't so! I hope everybody's been having a great summer and reading a ton of fun books. One of my fav reads this summer was So Much Closer by super fab author (and friend) Susane Colasanti. I read it over Memorial Day weekend on the beach and let me just say it's perfection caught on paper (yes, I still read good ol' fashioned books)!
From the publisher:
Scott Abrams is the love of Brooke's life. He just doesn't know it yet. So when Scott moves to New York City the summer before senior year, Brooke has no choice but to follow him. It's her last chance to prove to him that they're meant to be together.
But the city is full of surprises that Brooke never expected. Ever since a painful family trauma, she's been closed off to her parents, to her friends, and even to herself. Now, inspired by the thrilling energy of the bustling and creative city around her, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed.
And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner...
One of my favorite things about Susane's books is her ability to draw realistic characters who you can relate to. I'm also a believer in dreaming BIG, soulmates, looking up, and Knowing - all which are at the heart of So Much Closer. Plus, it has one of my favorite lines ever written: "Sometimes in the midst of all your boy drama, you just need a cupcake." Preach it, Susane!
AND the title comes from one of my favorite Death Cab for Cutie songs, "Transatlanticism." (Bragging time: Susane and I saw Death Cab recently in concert and they were ah-mazing!)
Check out this video if you want to hear Susane talk about the inspiration behind the book (if you look real closely, you'll see my reflection in the window - oops, bad camerawoman!):
Susane has graciously agreed to giveaway not only a SIGNED copy of SO MUCH CLOSER, but she'll PERSONALIZE it to the winner. How cool is that? All you have to do is comment below with your favorite lyric from a song, any song - your choice! (I'm having a hard time coming up with my favorite lyric. The line I most want someone to feel about me is from Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" - "Those three words are said too much, they're not enough.")
Boring contest stuff: one winner will be chosen from random (US only please - sorry!) at 9pm EST on Sunday, August 21st (so I can then watch The Glee Project finale!). Please note, even though I have new spam blockers installed, I still approve comments so it may take a few hours for your comment to appear, but it will get approved!
UPDATE: It seems like my spam blocker is working a little TOO well. I can see that there are some people who have commented, but I can't get to their comments. Please do not worry, I can see the names and e-mails of everybody so if your comment isn't below, you'll still be counted for the contest!
Good luck! XO, Elizabeth